Category archives: Museums

Petersen, ClassicCars.com to showcase lowriders at Monterey

Lowrider on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Petersen photos
Lowrider on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Petersen photos

ClassicCars.com and the Petersen Automotive Museum launch a strategic partnership during Monterey Car Week, where they will stage a special exhibit of lowriders at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. Continue reading

Museums: Hershey School ‘limbo’ wagon slated for restoration

One of the Hershey School's 'limbo wagons' is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo
One of the Hershey School’s ‘limbo wagons’ is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo

It was in 1959, during the 50th anniversary of the school and home for orphaned boys founded by Milton S. and Catherine Hershey, that the decision was made to provide a more home-style environment. Part of that change included purchasing a fleet of station wagons.

To replace the more formal school buses that had been used for student travel between housing units and the school, the school purchased a fleet of 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne wagons. Those wagons went to Stageway, a coachbuilder in Cincinnati, for conversion to hold a driver and as many as 13 students at a time. Continue reading

Museums: Beaulieu to fire up famed BRM V16 engine

1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha  Samantha Cook Photography
1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha Samantha Cook Photography

If you want to draw a crowd, simply start the engine of a vintage racing car. The unmuffled sound is magnetic. Crank it and they will come.

You may recall the celebration that surrounded the repair and restarting in 2014 of the engine in Malcolm Campbell’s “Blue Bird” Sunbeam 1924 speed-record car, and the crowd that gathered a year later when the car made another run on the Pendine Sands. Continue reading

Museums: Red barns, multi-hued cars at Gilmore ‘Spectacular’

Classic cars such as this Bonneville racer amid the Gilmore's red barns | Larry Edsall photo
Classic red barns and cars such as this Bonneville racer at the Gilmore | Larry Edsall photo

The annual Red Barns Spectacular car show and swap meet takes place August 5 at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the event annually draws a few thousand vehicles for what is two shows — a judged show and a driver’s choice show, both open to vehicles of all sorts that are at least 25 years old. Continue reading

Museums: Plywood shaped modern life, even our cars

A 1937 DKW F7 cutaway is part of the plywood exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum | V&A Museum photos
A 1937 DKW F7 cutaway is part of the plywood exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum | V&A Museum photos

So I’m cruising through the daily dezeen.com newsletter and there’s a story about a new exhibit running through November 12 at the V&A Museum, aka the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s showcase of art and design. The exhibit’s title is “Plywood: Material of the Modern World,” and the first two photographs illustrating the article prominently feature cars — a passenger vehicle and a racing car.

Plywood in cars? Even racing cars? Hey, we know about woody wagons and how in the early days horseless carriage bodies were made from hardwoods. But plywood? Continue reading

Lowrider Renaissance and the ‘art in defiance’ at the Petersen

El Rey and the Piñata in the Lowrider exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos
El Rey and the Piñata in the Lowrider exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos

Without irony, the art and artisans of the lowrider culture occupy the Petersen Automotive Museum’s gallery named for Armand Hammer, a collector of fine art representing some of the most controversial creative anarchy in the history of art — beginning with the creative anarchists of Florence who reintroduced lifelike humanism in the late 15th century after a millennium of Byzantine cartoons of lifeless icons. We call it The Rebirth (Renaissance). Continue reading

Museums: Blackhawk showcases ‘Transatlantic Style’

Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo
Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo

Saturday is Deuce Day at the Petersen

Just unveiled and running through September 30, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, offers what figures to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year — “Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome.”

Featuring about two dozen stunningly designed automobiles, the exhibition is based on the book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style, by author Donald Osborne and photographer Michael Furman. Continue reading

Rhodes trip: Inventor was decades ahead of GPS guidance

Gilmore's showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn't its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos
Gilmore’s showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn’t its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos

Enter the Gilmore Car Museum these days and you are greeted by a display of vehicles produced in nearby Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Kalamazoo: The Other Motor City” is the title of the exhibit that includes several Checkers, one of them from the late 1970s/early ‘80s television series Taxi, as well as assorted vehicles by Roamer, Dort, Handley and Barley, as well as a 1903 Michigan, and even a re-creation of the 1915 Cornelian Speedway Racer, built by the Block Brothers Machine shop and raced at Indy by none other than Louis Chevrolet. Continue reading

Gilmore museum ‘delivers’ with vintage truck exhibit

1937 Studebaker (left) and 1936 Mack Jr. are part of the vintage truck exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum |Larry Edsall photos
1937 Studebaker (left) and 1936 Mack Jr. are part of the vintage truck exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum |Larry Edsall photos

When we think of trucks, “guts” is the more likely word to come to mind than “glamour.” And the Gilmore Car Museum acknowledges this fact in the title of its newest special exhibit, “Designed for Delivery: The Early American Truck,” and in the illustration that shows a truck hauling a heavy load at a shipyard. Continue reading

Museum’s British Leyland certificate program nearing milestone

Premier Heritage Certificate is prize in museum's contest for owners of British Leyland vehicles | British Motor Museum photo
Premier Heritage Certificate is prize in museum’s contest for owners of British Leyland vehicles | British Motor Museum photo

So there are the Marti Report, Ferrari Classiche, the Shelby Register,  etc., and for those who own vehicles produced by British Leyland, there’s the Heritage Certificate. Continue reading